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Project "Tabs Jeep" a.k.a Project "TJScrambler" - part #10
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(12/02/2012) It has been a while since I gave an update on the project. In fact, it was about 6 months ago, when the weather was warm and I was buying Jeep projects and selling parts and planning for what all transpired yesterday in a nice warm and cozy garage while it was sleeing and snowing outside. Let's go back a step and try to figure out this whole mess and what has gone on during the last 6 months.
So, to recap, I bought a 1985 Jeep CJ7 and a 1983 Jeep CJ8. I took those both apart, swapped drive trains, sold off the CJ7, kept the CJ8 and started to work on fixing it up a bit... I got the little things that were wrong with it, sanded down the frame, painted it, and sold that off, or well traded it off, for some parts and some other goodies.

One of the goodies was an original AMC 401 engine, complete, out of a late 70's Grand Cherokee. It was perfect, the motor I have always wanted, and now I have to get rid of the other stuff and get some mounts so I an put the 401 in the frame rails of the Scramlber for Tabitha. Now I am not so sure I want to hand the keys to a 16 year old with a 401 in it, but we will cross that bridge when we get there.
The swaps and sells and getting ready for winter went well, just took longer than I had thought with the economy being as bad as it is. I also started a new job, my other daughter had surgery, so that took the wind out of our sails a bit, and finally we went through the holidays and now we are getting ready for winter. So, that catches us up a bit for where we were over the last 6 months. I am all set for winter, the other Jeeps are away for the winter, and now I can concentrate on hopefully working on this rig for the next few months, a few hours a day each weekend.
All in all, yesterday was a very good productive day. I went out on Friday night and made a lot of room for me to move around in the garage and get the old engine, transmission, and mounts out of the frame.

Saturday morning I thought I was going to be able to get out there and get some work done and instead I had to clean the house and do a lot of other running around, just to be in time to get back and have a Chevy Chase moment with some deer Christmas lights... the little lights weren't all lit up... lovely. That was fixed, we moved onto getting them outside and I went back to putting the 401 in place.
During this time, I was able to trade the motor mounts for some fenders, which really worked out nicely and I was able to also get some other trades lined up for some other parts. I am looking for an AMC 401 flywheel, as I plan to run a T18 behind it, and not an automatic. The new motor mount setups are really trick and really nice. I got them from Novak Adapters. They are very nice. I have nothing but good things to say about them.

Finally, the 401 was nestled in the frame rails and so far it looks good. It is about 1" to far back, so I need to move it up and I think I need to move it a little side to side as the cast iron manifolds were hitting on one side and not the other, but all in all for the first attempt, I am stoked.

Check back soon for updates.

cb (12/02/2012)
(12/17/2012) I am in the process of re-doing a small ride on Little Tikes vehicle for my daughter, but I was able to break away to get some work done on the back half of the Scrambler frame. I picked up the bumper a while ago and it really is a nicely made piece. I had posted up some questions on how best to mount it as the mounting point is very unlike the stock Scrambler frame.
During all the research, I figured I could sleeve it if I wanted to in the area that isn't exposed, but being the the steel was 3/16" thick, I had to start to drill some holes if I wanted to get this thing even mocked up. I had had a replacement crossmember kicking around, so I traced it onto the one I have and started to drill holes. Everything went well, just a lot of drilling and grinding out the holes. All in all, it is a sturdy bumper and I love the construction. I wish I could give kudos, but I bought it off a guy in Laconia, NH that had someone build it from the JeepForum, so I am not sure who it is.

cb (12/17/2012)
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